We fully appreciate that the directions announced by the UK Prime Minister will put financial pressure on some families. At present, the Council has not received any direction to change its Council Tax arrangements and therefore all those who are able to pay are expected to continue with payment. This will obviously help us to maintain vitally important services during this emergency.
While the local authority gets the majority of its revenue funding from Welsh Government, it relies on council tax collection to help pay for its services. It currently funds almost 30% of the council’s budget.
We know people are very worried about losing their jobs in these uncertain times, some already have, and we will do all we can to help. There are residents who don’t need any help with their council tax but there are lots of people that do due to the outbreak of coronavirus. However, we are eager to support those whose circumstances have changed and we will be as flexible as possible to help these Merthyr Tydfil residents.
We will be as sympathetic as possible to families who contact us regarding Council Tax to explain that their income has reduced and advise them to apply for a Council Tax Reduction via http://bit.ly/CABLIVE online which helps people on low incomes to pay their council tax.